Planetary Defense Conference (PDC) 2017 – Day 1

May 15
Monday, May 15, 2017, Tokyo, Japan The first day of the PDC was marked with talks about Key International and Political Developments (Session 1) and Advancements and Progress in NEO Discovery (Session 2). In the first session, Dr. Line Drube from DLR and NEOShield-2 talked about SMPAG Working Group on Legal Issues in Planetary Defense. The hypothetical NEO/Earth impact event scenario was also introduced today, you can check the guidelines here. What to expect on Day

NEOShield-2 at the IAA Planetary Defense Conference (PDC) 2017

May 15
Scientists and engineers from all over the world will get together from 15 to 19 May 2017 in Tokyo, Japan, at the 5th Planetary Defense Conference (PDC) to discuss the threat to Earth posed by asteroids and comets and actions that might be taken to deflect a threatening object. This bi-annual conference is organized by the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and it was first held in 2004. This will be the first conference focused

NEOs News – April

May 09
Current NEO statistics Last month we crossed the threshold of 16 000 known NEOs.  Known NEOs: 16 068 asteroids and 106 comets  NEOs in risk list*: 615  New NEO discoveries since last month: 101  NEOs discovered since 1 January 2017: 659 *The risk list of all known objects with a non-zero (although usually very low) impact probability can be found at Focus on In the acronym “NEO” the final letter

Anatomy of an Asteroid Breakup

May 04
By Susanna Kohler, American Astronomic Society A team of scientists has observed the breakup of an asteroid as it orbits the Sun. In a new study, they reveal what they’ve learned from their ground- and space-based observations of this disintegration. Observations of Disintegration Active asteroids are objects that move on asteroid-like orbits while displaying comet-like behavior. The cause of their activity can vary — ranging from outgassing as the asteroid heats up in its solar